ANNE podlesak

Friday, March 9 - 9am-12pm and 2pm-5pm

Designing your own lace shawl

Class Description: This class will walk lace knitters through the creation of their own shawl design. We will discuss the various types of shawls and how to create their shapes. We will also discuss lace motif repeats and how to chart them while incorporating shawl shaping, as well as various types of bind-offs and edging/borders to finish their shawls. Class participants will have the opportunity to choose a shawl shape of their choosing, and will work on creating a chart to knit that shawl from during class, as well as casting on swatches and developing an understanding of how shaping and lace motifs work together once their project is on the needles.

List special skills or knowledge students need to take this class: Basic knitting skills, lace knitting skills and chart-reading skills.

Materials to bring: A smooth fingering weight yarn for swatching in class, and needles US size 5 or 6 (3.75 or 4 mm) along with normal knitting accessories like scissors, pen/pencil, paper, stitch markers, tapestry needles.

Saturday, March 10 - 9am-12pm and Sunday, March 11 9am-12pm

No Yokes About It: Finding the perfect fit and techniques for your yoke-patterned sweater

In this class we will focus on yoke-patterned sweaters and their construction details. We will discuss both top-down and bottom-up constructions, as well as the different types of increases/decreases and how to incorporate stitch patterns within those shaping methods. We will also discuss successful color choices for traditional yoke patterned sweaters, as well as tips and tricks for achieving a great fitting sweater. The first class day will cover the technique basis and cover ways to customize the fit of your sweater. The second class day will cover stitch pattern choices and basic color theory.

Students should have knowledge of knitting in the round, chart reading, and know how to knit, purl, increase and decrease.

Materials to bring: Size 3 (12” or 16” circular) needles, stitch markers, calculator (the one on your phone is fine), pencil with an eraser, pad of paper. While not required, students are encouraged to bring on or more color palettes or stitch pattern (lace or textured) inspirations or charts they may like to incorporate in their sweater.

Saturday, March 10 - 2pm-5pm

Photographing your knits the iPhone way

Learn how to get better results photographing your knits with your phone camera.